Monday, March 30, 2009

Third Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival

This was one of my favorite articles to research and write ever for the Wright County Drummer! I didn't know that Minnesota had a Garlic Festival until I was trying to find ideas on what to write about. This is one of my new favorite 1-day events. As expected, there is garlic everywhere, but there are other things too. My particular favorite were these jars of jams and jellies we bought that were fruit mixed with hot peppers. The flavors I think were Strawbanero, Raspbanero, and Bluebanero and they were awesome with cream cheese and crackers. The whole event was a feast for the senses.

On August 16th of this year, thousands of people attended the Third Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival at the Wright County Fair Grounds in Howard Lake. The Garlic Festival is a family friendly and fun-filled event for garlic lovers of all ages. Hosted by the Crow River Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, this fragrant and flavorful festival promotes gourmet garlic farming within the state.

The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through innovation, demonstration, education, and farmer-to-farmer networking. Founded by Jerry Ford, the Crow River Chapter president, the Minnesota Garlic Festival itself was started in support of vital rural communities, sustainable farms, local food, and a healthy environment. It’s also a fun and entertaining way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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